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Panasonic Lumix GH5 preview: A new benchmark for 4K capture

Panasonic Lumix GH5 preview: A new benchmark for 4K capture

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Panasonic made the unusual move of teasing a forthcoming camera at Photokina 2016. Cameras don't often get this type of pre-announcement, but then most cameras aren't the Lumix GH5.Panasonic instead used CES 2017 to launch the new Lumix GH5, a refreshed... >>

Panasonic Lumix GX800 preview: Small but perfectly formed

Panasonic Lumix GX800 preview: Small but perfectly formed

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For all that the Lumix GF7 was compact, it wasn't the prettiest camera around. Hitting the UK in early 2015, the slightly-updated GF8 skipped the UK and the US, but added some features that find their way into this new GX800.One of the important moves,... >>

Panasonic Lumix GH5 supercharges 4K capture with serious updates

Panasonic Lumix GH5 supercharges 4K capture with serious updates

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Panasonic has unveiled the Lumix GH5, first teased at Photokina 2016. Using CES 2017 as the launch platform, the new camera is claimed to be the highest quality Lumix G camera yet. Rather than replacing the existing and very popular Lumix GH4, the new... >>

Panasonic Lumix GX800 is the cutest, most compact, G series camera around

Panasonic Lumix GX800 is the cutest, most compact, G series camera around

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Panasonic is launching a number of cameras fresh for 2017, with the new Lumix GH5 leading the charge and this, the GX800, winning the prize for the cutest interchangeable lens camera around.Announced at CES 2017, the new GX800 sits in the same sort of... >>

Panasonic gets you into the action with Lumix FZ82's 60x zoom

Panasonic gets you into the action with Lumix FZ82's 60x zoom

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The Panasonic Lumix FZ82's main feature is the huge 60x zoom lens on the front. Ranging from 20-1200mm, it will quickly get you up close and personal, no matter how far away your subject is. Unveiled at CES 2017, the new model replaces the Lumix FZ72.... >>

LG's UP970 Ultra HD Blu-ray player supports Dolby Vision, for HDR like no other

LG's UP970 Ultra HD Blu-ray player supports Dolby Vision, for HDR like no other

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LG has unveiled the Ultra HD Blu-ray player that many have been waiting for, offering support for Dolby Vision, as well as other HDR formats.Joining the 4K disc market that's slowly been gaining traction since the first unveilings in 2016, LG used its... >>

You can watch LG's CES 2017 press conference live right here

You can watch LG's CES 2017 press conference live right here

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LG is kicking off a busy day of press conferences at CES 2017, promising the chance to "see the next". LG has already made a number of announcements in the run up to CES 2017, including some mid-range smartphones, a levitating 360 degree speaker, an... >>

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II looks great, but has a surprising omission

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II looks great, but has a surprising omission

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Canon has taken the wraps off the PowerShot G9 X Mark II, updating the 2015 forebear, but keeping the same retro good looks. The big focus of this compact camera - which remains properly pocketable - is the 1-in type sensor at its heart, larger than... >>

Netatmo takes on Nest Protect with its own Smart Smoke Alarm

Netatmo takes on Nest Protect with its own Smart Smoke Alarm

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Netatmo is rapidly building a full range of smart home devices, looking to connect-up many aspects of your home. Joining this list of sensors and home smarts is the Smart Smoke Alarm, which does exactly what it says on the tin.The Netatmo Smart Smoke... >>

Velux Active windows achieve peak smart home with Netatmo sensor integration, smartphone control

Velux Active windows achieve peak smart home with Netatmo sensor integration, smartphone control

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With the launch of the Velux Active, we've reached peak smart home in 2017. Announced at CES 2017, the Velux Active smart windows can be automated to work in cahoots with a range of home environment sensors, as well as offering iPhone and Android control. That... >>

What is 4K Photo? Panasonic's camera tech explained

What is 4K Photo? Panasonic's camera tech explained

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Panasonic has feature on its cameras called 4K Photo, something that it invests a lot of time into promoting - even offering a dedicated button for 4K Photo on some of its cameras. However, there's plenty of scope for confusion around what it actually... >>

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2017

Best smartphones to look forward to in 2017

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With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, then there's anticipation of something else, the next big thing.We've rounded up the best smartphones for... >>

Google Pixel exclusive features explored: A cut above the rest of Android?

Google Pixel exclusive features explored: A cut above the rest of Android?

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Google's phones have always been dependable for one thing: giving you the best of Android. With the launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google shifted the goalposts slightly, so that might not be the case anymore.The Nexus devices aren't Google phones,... >>

The Pocket-lint guide to smartwatch etiquette

The Pocket-lint guide to smartwatch etiquette

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We're entering a brave new world. A world where you're not (just) covertly alerted by the buzzing in your pocket, but overtly, visually and audibly by the device on your wrist.The shifting sands of technology bring sweeping changes in social behavior.... >>

Google Pixel tips: First things to do with your new Google superphone

Google Pixel tips: First things to do with your new Google superphone

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Google's phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, promise to give you a premium Android experience, with a number of exclusive features and bags of refinement.There are simple things you might want to do right out of the box, however, to get you started and to... >>

Android for beginners: Tips and tricks for your new smartphone

Android for beginners: Tips and tricks for your new smartphone

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If you're holding your shiny new Android smartphone and are wondering how to get the most from it, then you've come to the right place.Whether this is your first smartphone, you've just hopped over from an iPhone, or you've had a number of Android handsets,... >>

Android 7.1 Nougat tips and tricks: Get your teeth into Google’s gooey goodness

Android 7.1 Nougat tips and tricks: Get your teeth into Google’s gooey goodness

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Unlike previous OS upgrades, Android Nougat was released before Google officially launched its new home-made Pixel phones. But when those Pixels finally came, they shipped with a tweaked version. Android 7.1 came with a fresh design, launcher and features.... >>

How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children

How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children

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Amazon's Kindle has established itself as a leading reading device and where you have reading, you hopefully have eager children. Although real books, on paper, as well as using public libraries, should be something that all children experience, there's... >>

How to make Amazon Echo connect to your BT Home Hub: An easy fix

How to make Amazon Echo connect to your BT Home Hub: An easy fix

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Amazon Echo arrived in the UK on 28 September to much excitement. Those who pre-ordered the connected device took delivery and then discovered that it wouldn't work with one of the UK's largest internet services, as it failed to connect to BT's Home Hub.Setting... >>

Samsung Galaxy S7 tips and tricks: Master your new Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy S7 tips and tricks: Master your new Galaxy

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of the hottest smartphones of 2016, along with its Samsung Galaxy S7 edge sibling. Samsung continues to offer its TouchWiz interface over the top of Android Marshmallow. It takes much of Android's core and adds features... >>

Which Amazon Kindle is best for you? Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle Oasis?

Which Amazon Kindle is best for you? Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage or Kindle Oasis?

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The Kindle reader is one of the most popular choices for ebook reading, letting you read your favourite books on a digital device, without the drawbacks that come with using a tablet or smartphone.Not only is the Kindle power efficient, meaning it will... >>

Best smartphones 2017: The best phones available to buy today

Best smartphones 2017: The best phones available to buy today

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So, you want to buy a new phone? If you're looking for the best smartphone of 2016, you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest mobile phones of the year to save you time when you go to your local phone shop.We continually update... >>

HTC is announcing something big on 12 January

HTC is announcing something big on 12 January

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Rarely do announcements in the tech world surprise us, such is the nature of the leaks and rumours, but HTC's 12 January announcement has literally come out of the blue.That's about as much information as we've been given so far, with a "save the date"... >>

Nixon Mission review: Surf and snow goes hardcore
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Nixon Mission review: Surf and snow goes hardcore

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The best iterations of Android Wear don't come from electronics manufacturers trying to make watches, it comes from watch manufacturers taking advantage of Google's smartwatch platform. Devices like the Tag Heuer Connected and the Polar M600 achieve... >>

Huge leak reveals Nokia P Android phone design

Huge leak reveals Nokia P Android phone design

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Nokia has confirmed that it will be launching Android smartphones in 2017 and it's expected to do so as soon as February. There may be a little more meat on the bones of Nokia's plans thanks to a leak coming out of China, claiming to be the flagship... >>